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Update & Plateau

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

WoW I haven't blogged in so long!

I haven't had anything interesting to add from my last post but on my time of needs I come to my blog and read what I wrote. I need to continue this for future references emoticon

My back has been getting better very slowly. I can walk and I can run again but the pain still remains when I push myself to hard. I've tried going to the gym a few times in the past few weeks but everything I to seem to do put to much strain on my lower back. I have a physiotherapist that I see now once a month and I have exercise that I try to do everyday. It's been over 5 months I'm dealing with this pain but I don't lose hope and try my best to continue with my daily routine. I've come to a point where I acknowledge that pushing myself will result in an injury and if I will have to deal with this all my life, so be it. Nothing wrong with posture check while exercising everyday or so. I've gotten xrays and saw different people and my doctor often enough but everything is in place, just don't move properly. I have to learn how to move again and strengthen my lower back.
I started walking a lot more then I have had in the past. I don't see walking has a workout since I enjoy it so much but being near the canal rideau everyday makes the walk a lot more enjoyable!

I have been stuck on this plateau... for a little over 2 months. emoticon
Although I'm finding it hard to deal with this new situation I'm not given up. My number on the scales has not moved at all and I've been eating the amount of calories needed (calculated by my dietitian). I've discussed the situation with her last nite, she feels that taking a few days to eat around 2,000calories a day will probably help me to get back on track and losing weight again. I'm trying this now hoping this will work.

I'll check back in two weeks to update if this first strategy will work on getting me to lose weight again.

I was hoping to be below 200 before the beginning of June but with my Plateau and my back injury I am 11.7lbs away from my goal.

It's okay though, I'm still trying and not giving up but I'm very thankful for having my friends and my entourage to motivate me to keep going everyday. I have made a commitment to myself last year, this is a lifestyle change not a temporary situation.


A month with dealing with back issues

Monday, February 14, 2011

First of all... WOW I don't blog a lot and I need these blogs to pick me up when I'm down! So far, the few I have written has help me get through.

UPDATE related to my back issues:
It's been a month that I'm dealing with back pain. It started off in my lower back and gradually made is way higher. I am still getting to work and continuing my daily activity EXCEPT for my work outs routine. I am now seeing a physiotherapist and she determine that some of my discs in my back are not moving properly but with the help of rehabilitation and acupuncture I should be up and normal again in a few weeks...

In January, I weigh in at 221 lbs. The xmas holiday set me back a little bit, not by much, but it's the time that my back started to hurt. Since January 7, I have not been exercising, no workout not even a walk. At the end of January, I weigh in at 219 lbs. I was disappointed in myself for not being able to lower down my calories. I was always hungry and even starving since I was used to eating about 1,900 calories a day and working out 6 hours and more a week.

I feel I was using my back problems to eat whatever I wanted, as if it's an excuse!!! I started the month with a more positive attitude! I went looking for motivation and found my own blog and friends older blog and it help me trough. We are all fighters here, we want to be healthy and no excuse is good enough for me. My back hurts, I barely get any sleep, walking hurts just as much as sitting down or standing up for too long. BUT back aching doesn't mean I have to stop caring for myself. It's ACTUALLY the opposite be careful and prove myself that I CAN and WILL succeed.

I weigh myself this morning: 215.6lbs.

DETERMINATION & PERSEVERANCE can get you a long way!


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TIME2LIVE11 2/14/2011 12:39PM

    Sorry to hear about your back, hopefully you will start feeling better soon! You can do this! Keep it up!

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PRUPLEBEAR 2/14/2011 12:21PM

    emoticon HUGS!!!!

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First weigh in of the year

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Yup... this was my first weight in of 2011.

Wasn't interested in seeing a big number due to xmas food and booze. When i went on this morning, I was trying to fight all the reason I had to Not get on the scale. I mean scale was my friend before, why wouldn't it be this morning? Well because I know at one point, a week ago, my jeans were way tighter than usual. I haven't been working out since last friday due to my back. I was at 224 last time i weigh before december 24 which was 2lbs more than what i was when i weigh on december 15.

Oh well, step on the scale, look down and saw.... 220.7lbs

Unbelievable! I passed the 30lbs marks and didn't even see the number. Yea, it's 30lbs since july and yes some people accomplished things faster. But i have to remind myself that I am not on a diet, I am not working out temporary. I am eating different and becoming an athlete emoticon

Tonight, i have a follow up with the healthy lifestyle program i did in summer 2010. I'm really excited to see the people again and hope it will give me the motivation to get my through 2011. My motivation has slowed down but it's still there. After 6 months, i still always consider what I'm about to eat and what I should do for work out. I make very little excuses for myself. If i slip up, i slip up.. life is life...

I am starting the year 2011 at 220.7 and I'm looking forward to see how far this journey will take me. I can't wait to say goodbye to the 200s and it will come soon enough!

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MISSDIANITA 1/22/2011 6:52PM

    A belated CONGRATS to you, Julie! THAT IS GREAT!! Wow, 6 months of being on Sparks! THAT in itself is great!! You're getting closer to transforming into an athlete!


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DRAWNTHISWAY 1/12/2011 10:46AM

    You are doing well. I hope you find this year rewarding as you continue your journey to becoming an athlete.

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MARINEMAMA 1/12/2011 8:36AM

    WTG!!!!!! YOU are doing great!!!!

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MCLAFLIN 1/12/2011 8:15AM

    Congratulations! Sometimes it is great to step away from the scale, just not from the healthy lifestyle. And then when you see results, it is such a motivator!

And 1-derland is wonderful! Hope to see you there soon!

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Looking back on last weekend...

Monday, November 15, 2010

Last weekend was hard for me emotionally and hard for my husband to try to support me.

Since the end of July, I have lost 25 lbs and over 5 inch around my waist. Before July, I weigh a lot more but never wanted to get on the scale. I am now extremely active, positive and generally happy. Last weekend, I was none of that. I've achieve plenty and enjoyed every moment of it. I try my best to help out anyone I know or anyone who ask for help. I keep my private thought too myself though, the way I see myself. Before I would buy clothes and I felt hot no matter what my size was has long has it fit properly or had a great color on me. Yea, I shop at a plus store but it never bothered me and I like the employees there they are very nice.

Last weekend, was my mother's birthday and we had plan an evening with her and my grandmother. We met at my place to have dinner and we would head out to the casino. Although I don't gamble, I love the casino; all the lights and all the people, the ambiance. I wanted to wear something nice, something I would feel sexy in. I tried on some of my favorite shirt that I wear on occasion like this. Too my surprise, it looked huge and I didn't look pretty at all in it. I took it off and throw it in the garbage. Putting on that shirt made me realized how far I had let myself go. How unhealthy I had become... from wearing M/L or 12/14 to trying to squeeze in a size 20/22 or 3X. The feeling I had was extremely overwhelming. I have only bought one pair of jeans and 1 t-shirt since my journey begun and right now I can guaranty you that nothing else in my closet fits me the way it should. Saturday I felt really sad, like it was too much and like I had so much more to go. It was the first time since I started this lifestyle change that I actually felt like I was gonna break. Thankfully, my husband went through my entire closet and pulled out clothes. Now I have a big pile of clothes on the floor in my closet that I will give away.

Today I still feel overwhelmed by this new way of seeing myself. I'm under construction now and will be for another year. I'm not sad anymore because I know I can do a lot better and I will keep going. I will have to wait for my next pay check to come in and do a little bit of shopping. I'm gonna enjoy every moment of it and look hot for this xmas emoticon

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DENISE.PG 11/17/2010 11:51AM

    I can at least somewhat relate to the feeling... I once lost a ton of weight, and now when I look back on that period, it's hard to not reflect on how far I let myself go... but I just have to keep reminding myself that this is a different journey, that this is THE journey, and that the results will be even more fabulous than I can possibly imagine - in how I will look, AND in how I will feel.

Hang in there... you truly are doing great!


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SEASONS_CHANGE 11/16/2010 5:55AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss... Although it's a whole new you, once you try on the clothes that actually fit your body, you will feel like a million bucks!


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SENATOR9 11/15/2010 11:42PM

    there is always up and down now you seem to go back up stay positive emoticon

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SYDNEY_DE 11/15/2010 9:26PM

    It stinks having to spend money to buy new clothes, but the overall is worth it!

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DEREONGODDESS 11/15/2010 9:10PM

    First let me say congratulations on your weightloss!!...Keep your head up and keep making progress... emoticon Sounds like you have an amazing husband...He deserves an extra emoticon for being so supportive:)

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It's been a while...

Monday, November 08, 2010

Over a month actually... I've been crazy busy, life has been throwing everything it got at me lately but once again I got through it. But this time, I was on top! Stayed on program, enter food and fitness daily and I have not skipped one day since I joined in July.

Yes there are times when I just don't want too, I would much prefer do something else than take 2 minutes of my day to enter the data. Usually, after telling myself exactly that last line I realized how stupid that sounded and I'm just typing away.

I stepped up my game to workout a minimum of 60 minutes for 6 days a week but I usually do a lot more. I enjoy walking for fun now but I don't consider it a workout anymore. I enjoy running now, in fact, I enjoy it so much that you see me running for my bus everyday! What I enjoy the most now is doing everything I can that will get my heart pumping!

I've been doing great, I drop two size pants! I'm back in 16 which was my size back in University so I'm pretty happy that it only took me a few months but a lot of sacrifices and self-realization. I make better choices in life but I do still enjoy all the bad things that I love in smaller portions and not has often has before. I know sometime, I can't help myself, it's just too good and I just can't let it go to waste. Instead of feeling bad and negative, I'll jump on a workout. It happens! I'm only human emoticon

So if anyone thought I wasn't blogging cause I gave up... I'm still here and going strong just didn't take the time to write! I'm not giving up on myself this time, I'm worth everything I'm doing and I'm finally realizing how good it feels to be able to do things again!

Excuses are no longer good enough for me. Negative thought are not in my mind anymore. I look for support from friend and family when I need. There is nothing wrong for asking for help and that has took me years to finally understand and accept this. But the best of all, I'm losing weight without dieting.... I'm changing my life a little more every day!

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PRUPLEBEAR 11/8/2010 7:29PM

    Great job

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ARTHURTOM 11/8/2010 5:18PM

    The best part is that you can realize you can lose weight/become healthy without "dieting"! emoticon emoticon

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GINADOWNUNDER 11/8/2010 3:56PM

    Well Done!

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